|Location||On the hills of the Val d'Orcia, midway between Florence and Rome, 70 km south-east of Siena.|
Converted farmhouse with the best known view in Tuscany.
|Prices||€ 3650 - 4690 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking|
Just in front of the famous cypresses...
This house belongs to a a large property which extends over the hills overlooking the Val d'Orcia, an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004. Midway between Florence and Rome, the estate is also within easy reach of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Orvieto. Renaissance and medieval gems such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello and Montalcino and the Abbey of Sant'Antimo are only a few miles away from the houses you can rent at the property.
The countryside around the estate abounds in lovely walks in the woods and the typical "crete senesi" (clay hills) of the region. The food is considered the best in Tuscany and famous wines such as the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino can be sampled in the local cellars.
La Fonte enjoys a privileged position in Tuscany - just in front of the famous cypress road that winds up to the crete on the opposite hill. Readers might be interested to learn that this is one ot the most photographed views of Tuscany. The road was build by the property owner while reclaiming this barren land, and resembles the medieval landscapes pictured by Lorenzetti in his well-known senese frescoes. You can enjoy this breathtaking view from several windows and of course from the garden of the house.
The house is surrounded by trees which produce a plum locally called coscia di monaca (nuns' thighs, in English). La Fonte has now been completely restored. The house stands on its own, surrounded by olive groves, wheat fields and cypresses. It is linked to the main Villa of the property - a beautiful Renaissance villa - by just over 1 km of gravel road. A semicircular grove of cypresses surrounds a stone table and benches, perfect for a shady noonday meal. The pool, 11 x 4 meters large and sheltered by an old dry-stone wall, is bordered by a pergola.
A country restaurant where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner is in walking distance (1.5 km), if you feel like a stroll.
Places of interest
The property's location makes excursions to Siena, Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo and Florence an easy day trip. But the area below Siena, stretching from the monastery of Monte Oliveto to Montalcino and Montepulciano offers some rewarding sites that are well worth a visit.
In San Quirico d'Orcia make sure you see the Horti Leonini, an early Renaissance garden, as well as the western door in the city wall and the Collegiata (main church).
Montalcino is beautifully situated on a hill inhabited since Etruscan times, swathed in vineyards and olive groves. It is a quiet, affluent, attractive town with pretty buildings and flower-filled squares, and many shops selling the Brunello di Montalcino.
Montepulcino is a graceful Tuscan hill town, best known for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which was being praised by connoisseurs over 200 years ago and can certainly contend with Italy's best today.
Pienza, the unfinished 'utopian' city, was commissioned by Pope Pius II in 1459.
Chiusi is one of our favourites because of its unpretentious liveliness. Compared to Montepulciano it is uncontaminated by tourism. Chiusi has a railway station - from here it is a quick ride to the city center of Rome.
Monticchiello is a pleasant walled village, whose crooked watch-tower is visible from afar. Next to the church is a small shop which sells local linens (towels, bedspreads) and materials in pure linen. They use traditional methods and patterns and the results are extremely attractive.
Visit the abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and the semi-derelict monastery of Sant'Anna in Camprena - a very romantic setting which served as location for the film The English Patient.
Sant'Antimo is surely one of the loveliest Romanesque buildings in all of Italy. It is hard to imagine a more sympathetic combination of architectural grace and natural setting.
Sarteano fits our picture of an unspoilt Italian village. The main square has a nice bar where you can sit outside. On the square below, in the afternoon a different bar serves excellent take away pizza.
And last but not least the landscape in this region of Tuscany is spectacular: The Crete Senesi are the eroded clay hills in the Orcia valley. These strange, pale, barren looking slopes, with their bare cliffs, broken gullies and white Jurassic limestone, look altogehter more lunar than terrestial.
Pool in winter?
Tuscany is famous for its Hot springs, belonging to a geothermical system that more or less encircles Monte Amiata, the most spectacular being Saturnia in the south west of the region. Steaming water collects in a number of white limestone basins - a rare natural spectacle and great fun to bathe in! Swimming possible both in the natural basins and in smart thermal baths. Saturnia offers a wide range of comforts and even a sauna.
Close to the property is Bagno Vignoni which has been popular since Etruscan times. St. Catherine of Siena is said to have appreciated its thearpeutic qualities, as is Lorenzo the Magnificent, whose family built the splendid arcaded pool - a kind of flooded, bubbling piazza, famously used by Tarkowsky for some of the more surreal passages of his film Nolstalgia. Not far from this antique piazza there is a hotel with a lovely open air swimming pool, fed from hot springs. This is also available to external guests.
Bagni San Filippo may go into the books as the world's smallest thermal spa - a telephone booth, a few old houses, outdoor spring in the middle of the woods with glistening limestone formations and one small hotel with a public pool.
The Montepulciano thermal springs can also be enjoyed in an indoor thermal swimming pool.
Just 10 km from the property you will find the thermal spa Terme di Chianciano with a highly modern health and thermal centre. Those wanting to combine holidays with a wellness break can enjoy fango baths, cosmetic and therapeutic treatments, solarium, massages and hydromassages. Have yourself thoroughly pampered! Just relax here!
La Fonte 8
1 living room with fireplace
1 dining room
1 living room with fireplace
2 double bedrooms and each with en suite bathroom
1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom
1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom
Terrace with pergola (entrance to the dining room)
Old stone table in the shade of cyprus grove
Pool 11 x 4 m
The ground floor of the house consists of a large living room, with a fireplace, a dining room and connecting kitchen with French windows leading out onto a pergola for al fresco meals, and a bathroom. The circular travertine staircase leading to the first floor is based on a fifteenth-century model that was found in the nearby Renaissance town of Montepulciano. On the first floor there is a studio/living room with a large fireplace (this was the old farmhouse kitchen), as well as 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and 3 bathrooms. Another twin bedroom and bathroom are in the dependance by the pool. Great attention has been paid to the garden, which is developed on three levels, leading from the house down to the pool.
Weekly rates in €
|La Fonte||01 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
07 Apr 2018 - 19 May 2018
13 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
|31 Mar 2018 - 07 Apr 2018
19 May 2018 - 16 Jun 2018
01 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
|16 Jun 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
8 PAX 8
|3650 EUR €||4150 EUR €||4690 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingLa Fonte|
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Reservations during high season from Saturday to Saturday.
Pool size: 11 x 4 m / opening dates: mid of May - end of September, depending on weather conditions.
Baby bed with linen and high chair available: free of charge.
Pets not allowed.
Extra services available only on request (domestic help, Tuscan meal on your first evening, cook, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:
- Extra domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour.
Typical Tuscan meal on your first evening, after a long trip: EUR 30 per person.
(The meal includes a starter, a pasta-dish, salad and pecorino cheese, fruit or fruit salad with ricarelli -local almond biscuits- to finish, plus bread and 1 bottle of white or red wine for up to four adults).
- Cook for dinners during your stay: EUR 15 per hour (for shopping time and cooking) plus the expenses. Dinners are offered from Monday to Friday.
- First shopping: EUR 100 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, eggs, 2 litres milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet, coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 large piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra vergin olive oil, 4 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer, dishwasher detergent.
Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, telephone to be paid in euros on the premises:
- Security deposit: EUR 600.
Heating (if required): metered.
Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy. The average cost in winter varies according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on. Figure approx. EUR 300 - 600 per week for several hours heating a day.
- Wood for fireplace: EUR 15 per basket.
- Telephone: according to use.
- Extra set of towels available during the week: EUR 3.
- Pool towels: EUR 3 per week.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens, mid week change of towels, Internet WIFI connection in the office (reception) of the estate, water, electricity, gas, maid service (2 hours house cleaning per day 5 days per week), final cleaning, pool cleaning service, garden maintenance all included in the price. Should you rent the accommodation for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Our Guests Reviews
Sind seit einer Stunde hier in La Fonte eingetroffen. Es übersteigt alle Erwartungen. Ein Traumhaus. Alles liebevoll ausgesucht sauber und perfekt. Die Lage ist unschlagbar. Der Blick fehlt noch in jedem Toskanabildband. Wir sind völlig begeistert.
Lieben Gruss und Dank,
Von allen Vedder's, August 2012